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Model essay in response to a recent General Task 2 question

Posted on March 27, 2014 by - 2 Comments

Some countries make it illegal to work past the age of 65. Do you think people should be forced to retire at a certain age?

Opinions regarding what constitutes a healthy retirement age seem to vary from one country to another. This is manifest in nations with laws, or lack thereof, that stipulate the age when a person is required to end their professional life. I feel compulsory retirement should not be legally enforced upon anyone except those working in positions where age could pose a significant safety risk to themselves or others. The following paragraphs will illustrate the merits of this position.

Firstly, it should be remembered that age does not necessarily affect professional performance negatively. In fact, as is the case with writers, age can often bring a certain wisdom that enhances the quality of an author’s work. Noam Chomsky, a topical author now in his mid-eighties, continues to publish relevant and highly respected material despite his advanced years. Were he forced to halt his profession due to his age, his insight and decades of understanding would largely go unheard. Thus, it is clear that certain professions should be allowed to continue regardless of age.

However, there are other lines of work that demand strict ruling with regards to retirement. Pilots, for example, must able to execute decisions clearly without reservation or fatigue. The reduced stamina of pilots over the age of 65 could potentially risk the lives of hundreds of passengers, and this is obviously a serious safety risk. Thus, there are merits to enforcing a retirement age upon people in certain professions.

As the above shows, the establishing of a mandatory retirement age should be made specific to the profession in question. Such a policy helps to maximise both the productivity and safety of a society.

Cueing yourself for answers

Posted on March 27, 2014 by - 1 Comment

Here is a quick video with a few quick tips on how to cue yourself for answers in IELTS Listening:

For a copy of the IELTS Listening MP3 recording heard in this video, click here.

The questions as seen in the video are:

Write NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS for each answer.

The aurora borealis occurs as a result of 31 ____________________ on the Sun’s surface.

Without its 32 ____________________, the Earth would be susceptible to damage from geomagnetic storms.

Here is a transcript of the recording from the video:

The aurora borealis is one of nature’s great spectacles. Better known as the Northern Lights, this natural phenomenon is generally visible only in the most northerly locations. It’s southern cousin, the aurora australis is likewise only visible in the southern stretches of latitude. Much more than just lights, the aurora borealis is a beautiful, complex and sometimes dangerous interaction of powerful forces.

The dance of lights we see on Earth is, surprisingly, the byproduct of an extremely violent and explosive set of events a hundred million miles away. The surface of the sun is an eruptive environment. Solar flares explode on a regular basis. These solar flares release large amounts of energy producing a geomagnetic storm. This storm hurdles towards other bodies in the solar system, including the Earth with spectacular results.

Although visually stunning, the aurora borealis has the potential to significantly disrupt human activities. Its large release of electromagnetic energy makes communication satellites that circle the Earth extremely vulnerable to damage. Fortunately for us, the Earth has a trick up its sleeve that protects us from all but the most severe geomagnetic storms. The Earth’s magnetic field draws the electromagnetic forces to the northern and southern poles in the same way a dipole magnet will draw metal shavings to each of its ends. Once there, the upper limits of the Earth’s atmosphere begins to ionize due to electromagnetic forces from the Sun’s geomagnetic storm. It’s this violent ionization that produces the colours visible in the northern sky.

So, the next time you look at the aurora consider for a moment the forces that are at play to create such a stunning visual.

Sheila scores band 7 in the Philippines!

Posted on March 26, 2014 by - Comments are off

Noor explains how he scored band 8!

Posted on March 15, 2014 by - Comments are off

Tune in to Episode 25 of IELTSCast. Noor shares the strategies that led him to band 8. I feel his description of the importance of transcribing is worth highlighting. Transcribing things you hear in the news is a great way to train all parts of your language. You’ll be surprised how much vocabulary and colloquial language comes out such an exercise!

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Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages in this IELTS essay? Watch and find out!

Here is the essay from the video:

Some people believe that it is better for children to begin learning a foreign language at primary school rather than secondary school. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Foreign language studies are a typical component of curriculums the world over. However, the exact age at which students should first be introduced to a second language is often debated. Whether first taught at primary school or secondary school, advantages and disadvantages can be identified. This essay will analyse these items in an effort to prove one age group better than the other at which to begin foreign language studies.

Firstly, introducing a new language to primary school students has several advantages over delaying this introduction to secondary school. For one, as evidenced in numerous scientific studies, young minds are much more capable of acquiring accent, a truth that enables young people to reproduce language at a quality comparable to that of a native speaker. In addition to this, the heightened memories of young children make them much more capable of taking on the task of learning the massive amounts of vocabulary needed to be communicative in a second language. This of course accelerates their second language studies in ways not seen at the secondary school level. It is thus clear that teaching a second language at primary school has certain undeniable benefits.

Despite these advantages, there are potential drawbacks to introducing a foreign language at the primary school level. If the language component of the curriculum is not sensitive to local customs and traditions, it could interfere with a young learner’s understanding of their own culture, a challenge that is not apparent among the more mature secondary students. However, although this is a concern that should be taken seriously, educational bodies within a country have the power to review and vet content. This is a practice that curbs the possibility of cultural erosion. Further, delaying the introduction of foreign language studies also delays a student’s development as a worldly person that understands cultures outside their own. Thus, after analysis, the disadvantages to foreign language studies in primary school are not quite as discouraging as they may at first seem.

The above discussion makes clear that, despite select disadvantages, language learning is more effectively executed at primary school than secondary school. I thus hope governments the world over encourage the introduction of foreign language classes among their young learners.

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Some people feel raising the age limit required for obtaining a driver’s licence can enhance road safety. Would this be an effective strategy in your country?

The age at which a person is legally able to drive is a very important consideration. In my home country of Canada, successful test takers can drive independently at the age of 16, an age that I feel is too young. I thus agree that raising the driving age limit in my country would enhance road safety. To prove this, I will look at a driver’s maturity and the motivators behind their decision to drive.

Firstly, the experimental nature of the adolescent growth stage makes it a dangerous time at which to drive. Adolescent men, for example, are scientifically reported to have heightened levels of aggression, a trait that statistically diminishes by the time they are 20 years old. Thus, removing people prone to these more immature emotions can clearly have real ramifications on the overall safety of driving in Canada. Increasing the driving age should therefore be supported.

This position is further exemplified when looking at motivators behind a person’s decision to drive. For 16 year olds in Canada, these motivators tend to be social in nature, such as using a car to meet friends. Although many would argue this is a sign of healthy social development in a human being, it is a driving arrangement that sets up scenarios that can be very distracting for an inexperienced driver. In Canada, for example, traffic accidents are reportedly higher among 16 to 18 year olds travelling in cars with several passengers. Because motivators become less social as a person enters their twenties, these statistics suggest Canadian roads would be safer were the age limit of drivers raised and their motivations for driving evolved.

As the above shows, raising the age at which a person can drive would increase the safety of roads in my country. It is my hope that Canada does indeed take steps to put this new restriction on driving in place.

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